On May 18, 2009, CBS News reported that Joseph Piquet, a 55-year old Port St. Lucie, Florida man, was sentenced to 5 years in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his participation in conspiracy to export arms.
Piquet was charged with seven counts of arms export violations arising from conspiracy to purchase military use electronic components from Northrop Grumman Corporation, and then ship those items to China and Hong Kong without obtaining the required export licenses under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). A federal jury in Fort Pierce convicted Piquet on all counts on March 5th.
Among the items involved in the conspiracy were high power amplifiers designed for U.S. military use and low noise amplifiers that have a dual - commercial and military - use. The testimony showed that on several occasions in 2004 and 2005, Piquet purchased restricted electronic parts and submitted false End Use Certificates to the manufacturer to conceal the intended final destination for those exports.